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Clare's Law - Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

Commonly known as Clare’s Law, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) is named after Clare Wood who was murdered in 2009 by her boyfriend.

The DVDS gives members of the public a formal mechanism to make enquiries about an individual who they are in a relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone they know, where there is a concern that the individual may be abusive towards their partner.

Anybody can make an enquiry, but information is only given to someone at risk or a person who is in a position to safeguard the victim.

The scheme is for anyone in an intimate relationship regardless of gender.

The intention is to give potential victims information about the history of their partner, so they can make an informed decision about the relationship.

Download the Clare's Law booklet to find out more.

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